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Old 03-12-2010, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Hey everyone! I'm considering a move to Meridian, Mississippi. There may be an opening in my current company for a higher position that would require me to move there. I'm looking for opinions and advice from people who know about the area on whether I should consider the move. Keep in mind that the way this economy is, I'm willing to move almost anywhere.

Just some background: I'm 22, living with my girlfriend who is 23 (we plan on being engaged within the year), in Philadelphia, PA. I'm originally from New Jersey, about 20 minutes outside of NYC, so I'm used to life near a big city. My girlfriend is originally from rural South Carolina, so she's used to a simple, quiet life. As far as politics go, I'm pretty conservative, so I like that for once I'd fit in politically.

Anyway, I'd really appreciate some feedback! I'm really curious about the area; it'd certainly be a big change!
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:36 PM
 
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Meridian is a fairly large town of just under 50,000 people. It has a fairly sizable downtown area for its size because its peak growth period was between about 1900 and 1930. However, most of it is yet to be redone with very few shops etc. But they do have a brand-new performing arts center called the Riley Center that has a fairly impressive list of performers (you can google it). And they have some nice park areas in an area called Bonita Lakes.

The residential areas north and northeast of downtown, starting roughly by Meridian High School and north, are very hilly and wooded with a nice collection homes from 1920s bungalows to new homes on the golf course. This part of town seems a little bigger than you would expect. You could rent an apartment along North Hills Rd, a nice area, or probably find a cool little cottage to rent and at a modest price.

The interstate running through town looks cluttered and somewhat unsightly, with a mall, motels, some industry, etc. Location-wise, it's actually pretty central, about equidistant to Atlanta, New Orleans, Florida, Memphis, Nashville. Closer are Jackson and Birmingham. For college sports, University of Alabama and Mississippi State are each about 1.5 hours away.

As a place for people in their 20s, it's in no way whatsoever an exciting place to live. However, it does have some beautiful neighborhoods, cool homes, a nice performing arts center and local theatre, and normal stores like Best Buy, etc. Churches are very strong, they have country clubs, etc. Overall it does feel a little tired - but also seems to have some good potential, a decent location, definitely pretty parts of town and is big enough to have some normal shopping etc.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Thanks for the info! I think that if I definitely get this job we'll be making the move to Meridian. It'd definitely be an experience to live there for at least a year or two. We're young, so if we end up absolutely hating it moving back to the Northeast wouldn't be that big of a deal.

Any other advice from anyone else?
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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No other advice?
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:11 PM
 
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What else did you have in mind? There are a couple of other things I didn't mention before. There are casinos about 30 minutes away in Philadelphia, MS and some very nice golf courses next to the casinos. Jackson is about an hour and a half away for a larger selection of restaurants, shopping etc and a huge lake for boating etc. Something else to do is hit the casinos in Biloxi and take the ferries out to Ship Island and Cat Island on the gulf. The season is just beginning this week.

Beyond that, Meridian is sort of a normal place, so if you wanted to go the gym, rent movies, go running, hit a bar every once in a while, place in an adult softball league, join a church, head to Home Depot, play tennis, go fishing or hunting, etc, it has all this. New Orleans is about 3.5 hours away, so on the weekends you can be in the French Quarter by lunch. For sports, Jackson does have a double A baseball team which is about an hour drive and you have SEC sports in Tuscaloosa, Starkville, and Oxford.

If you're a little more cultured, as I mentioned you can go to plays and musical performances. Meridian has three large hospitals downtown so healthcare is good. That's basically about it...
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Madison, MS
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Brickpatio has about summed it up. I lived there for about a year when I was 21 or so. Just your typical middle sized MS town. Has added some shopping in the last 10 years or so. Couple of lakes around if you like water sports. Plenty to do outside. Being on a mjor interstate helps if you like to travel. You can hit Atlanta, Mobile, The Coast, etc all for a weekend get away.
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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I just found this site and thought the posts were helpful.

I am also 24 (single and starting career life) and most likely taking a job in Meridian. I am interested in knowing if there are certain areas that would be more lively/oriented for younger adults in the career transition. I am hoping to find a rental with a yard for my energetic dog, but I also want to live in areas with people my age in similar situations (feeling like I am part of a community is important for my move).

Any suggestions from locals? What is the area around Highland Park like?

Thanks!! I appreciate any suggestions.
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Thanks for the advice everyone! Sounds like you covered it all. I was just looking for advice from more than 1 person. Hopefully I get the job and can make the move!
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:10 PM
 
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The coolest neighborhood in Meridian is called the Poplar Springs Historic District. It runs along Poplar Springs Rd which runs due north of downtown, roughly north of Meridian High School at 32nd Street.

On mapquest, you'll see the Magnolia Cemetery and it's roughly the area just north of that. Lots of hills, neat little houses, and towering trees. Just north and northwest a few blocks is Northwood Country Club. You'll be able to tell the golf courses on mapquest. That's a very pretty area and while yes, there are some big houses around there, there are also plenty of smaller ones. This is a very nice, diverse area that a younger person would like.

On North Hills Rd. which runs east and west along the northern side of town, is where your Walgreens, grocery stores etc are. This all looks pretty nice and new.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Well I have my phone interview tomorrow for the job. If I do well enough they'll be flying me in from Philly to check the place out. I'll definitely check out the town if that happens. Wish me luck!
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